A Seminar In Chicago

Michigan State University is offering a one-credit seminar in Chicago, Illinois this summer from May 11-14th called Chicago Arts & Nonprofit Career Exploration Trip. It is designed to provide students the opportunity to explore various professional fields in the arts and nonprofits, including museums, galleries, and theater. Students will get a behind-the-scenes look at arts organizations; explore various professions, tour facilities, and network with industry professionals.

For additional information and the link to the application.

Contact Victoria Morris Internship Developer, College of Arts & Letters at morrisvi@msu.edu with further questions.


PW Alum To Watch: Shooka Rafizadeh


Her name is Shooka Rafizadeh, a graduate from Michigan State University’s professional writing program and is also the founder of The Worn Out, a popular style blog showcasing Rafizadeh’s unique style with beautifully written posts and great fashion shots.

In addition to running The Worn Out, Rafizadeh is also the manager of another popular style blogger, Rachel Lynch of i hate blonde, another popular style blog. Rafizadeh is talented, driven, and has a closet I would definitely not mind raiding. Check out her blog for style inspiration and keep an eye out for her in the future! I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Photo courtesy of thewornout.com. 

Apply For A Documentary Production Minor

Students interested in film and video production should consider the documentary production minor (changed from documentary studies minor). The application deadline is Feb. 27. If you have taken WRA 225 and WRA 425, you can complete the minor by taking three additional courses. It’s a great way to bolster your video production skills and show that you’re committed to it in your CV. These courses will also result in excellent portfolio pieces. For more information, contact Professor Alexander Hidalgo.

Spring PW Workshops You Won’t Want to Miss


This spring semester 2015, the WRAC department is offering various, fundamental workshops for professional writing students! Be sure to put these dates on your calendar!

Resume & Cover Letter Writing
Wednesday, January 28th, 1pm
305 Bessey Hall
Professor Laura Julier
If you’re looking for a job or internship, then definitely come to this workshop and find out what a resume and cover letter should (and should not!) contain and what they should be used for. Feel free to bring a copy of your own resume and cover letter to work on. 

Establishing a Professional Digital Identity
Tuesday, February 3rd, 5pm
214 Bessey Hall
Professor Kathryn Houghton & Professor Liza Potts
Almost all of us have some virtual representation of ourselves online. Come to this workshop to learn to cultivate and utilize an online, professional, PW identity. 

An Inside Look at Brand Strategy
Friday, February 13, 10am
317 Bessey
Ryan Kilcoyne, Marketing Director, MSU College of Arts and Letters
Attend this workshop to get a close up look at the upcoming revamp of the Spartan brand, as well as learn about how brand strategy is used in a large organization. 

Internship Workshop
Thursday, February 26th, 6pm
305 Bessey Hall
Professor Jonathan Ritz
If you’re looking for a PW internship, this is the workshop to attend. You’ll learn all about the internship opportunites out there, as well as the resources available to find those internships.

Graduate and Law School for PW majors
Friday, March 27th, 10am
317 Bessey
Becky Brewer, Professor Kathryn Houghton, Professor Laura Julier, Allegra Smith, & Rebecca Zantjer
Explore opportunities for professional writing majors in graduate school! These include MA, MFA, and JD (law school) programs.